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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Did Jesus do away with the Old Testament laws?

I love how Christians claim that the OT and the NT are in complete agreement with each other and then run for the hills when the atrocities of the OT are pointed out. But Jesus did away with the OT, they will mutter.

Since Jesus is god and created the universe, that means he is the god of the OT who created the OT laws. Especially since he specifically stated he did not come to do away with the OT laws.

In Matthew 5:17 He begins answering their unspoken questions: "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets." In effect He was telling them: "If you think I came to destroy the law or prophets, you are not thinking clearly." He makes it plain that anyone who thought He was abolishing the law or prophets was mistaken. He assures them of His respect for God's law: "I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."

In Matthew 5:18 Jesus validates this perspective when He adds, "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled." As long as heaven and earth exist, Jesus said, we can be sure God's law will exist.

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